Lockdown Letters to be Published in book

Lockdown Letters to be Published in book

fc6e548f842723b6c34cb27264ecd3e8.pngCorporate Sponsorship Sought for 'Dear Resident...Letters from Lockdown' Exhibition and Book

A selection of 90 letters written during the COVID lockdown by schoolchildren in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire are set to be published in a special book. Entitled 'Dear Resident... Letters from Lockdown', the book aims to raise funds for the National Memorial Arboretum's COVID Memorial Woodland, the creation of which was announced recently. 

The book will be on sale alongside a dedicated exhibition of the original letters at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton-on-Trent, which will run from Monday 19th July to Monday August 6th. The letters were written during the second COVID lockdown of 2021, by schoolchildren from local Primary and Junior Schools as part of the Raring2go! Burton & Ashby letter writing competition. 

Alice Johnson, Editor, Raring2go! Burton and Ashby, said: "The letter writing competition invited children from the local area to write to a care home resident, to spread some cheer during the difficult lockdown conditions. All the entries were so well written that it was difficult to pick the winners. Many were funny, sad, happy, poignant and so well crafted; and I was very impressed by the imagination of the local schoolchildren," she said. 

Corporate sponsorship for the exhibition and book publishing costs is now being sought, with silver and gold packages available for local businesses wanting to boost their CSR and give back to their communities.

"With all sales from the book going to the National Memorial Arboretum, I 35461be200f5222dccc86ca3c2ad5fc4.jpghope to raise funds in remembrance of all those affected by the global pandemic," Johnson continued. "The book will also provide an insight into the unprecedented lockdown and will stand as a historic document for all to read in future years," she said. 

The first prize winner won £200-worth of books, kindly donated by H & H Spalding books of Barton-under-Needwood, and the winning letter was picked by Gemma Callaghan of Hoo's Writing Corner. The names of all the winners are set to be published in the Summer edition of Raring2go! Burton and Ashby, out at the beginning of July. Second and third-prize winners won a book bundle donated by Raring2go! and five children also won tickets to a family show at The Brewhouse for Summer 2021. One special letter also received a 'Highly Commended' trophy. 

For more information and to enquire about corporate sponsorship, please contact Alice on: burtonandashby@raring2go.co.uk 

  • About H&H Spalding Books: H&H Spalding Books is a family-run, independent bookshop that has been providing high-quality books to schools and the public for more than 40 years. 60 Main Street, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8AA. Tel: 01283 712220 Fax: 01283 716545. Email: enquiries@spaldingbooks.co.uk Follow us on twitter @SpaldingBooks Follow us on Instagram @spalding.books.
  • About The Brewhouse Arts Centre: Based in the heart of Burton-on-Trent, The Brewhouse Arts Centre is a community arts hub showcasing local theatre, arts, crafts and music. www.brewhouse.co.uk 

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